Fanaika preparing for Friday

This Friday, there will be quite a gathering of prospective recruits at BYU. One of them will be a local prospect in Pleasant Grove offensive guard Brandon Fanaika, one of the nation's highest ranked high school guards. He will work out in front of the Cougar coaches in hopes of receiving a full-ride scholarship offer.

This Friday during BYU's Junior Day, many prospective recruits will compete on the field in hopes of receiving a scholarship offer. One such prospect that will be in attendance is four-star offensive guard recruit Brandon Fanaika.

"I can't wait to get up there and compete this Friday," Fanaika said. "It's a Junior Day, and they'll have us on the field and we'll be doing drills and one-on-ones and stuff like that. I went out there last year for my sophomore year and I've definitely grown a lot since then. I'm excited to show them what I can do and how much I've improved since last year. It'll be fun and I'm excited to get up there and see the coaches again and see how things go."

Fanaika plans to lay it all out for the Cougar coaches. He feels that his performance this Friday will determine whether or not he earns a coveted BYU scholarship. It's a day he's been preparing for.

"Depending on how well I do will probably determine my recruiting situation with them," he said. "They said they're really excited to get after things, and I'm really excited and have been working hard to prepare. I've been preparing for this Friday, so I just can't wait to get up there and work hard and compete for them."

According to Fanaika, BYU coaches have made it know that if he performs well enough, he could soon receiver a scholarship offer.

"They pretty much told me that they want to run me through some drills," Fanaika said. "They want to see if I can get after things. I really like Coach Weber and he just wants to get his hands and see what I can do. He told me that if I can do good at this up and coming Junior Day, then I'll have an offer waiting for me.

"I'm just going to go out there and try my best, and hopefully it will be good enough to pick up an offer from BYU. They just want to see what I can do, and so I'm going to show them that I can work hard. If I do that, then I'll have an offer waiting. An offer from BYU really is one of a kind."

Coming from a strong LDS family, Fanaika knows what BYU has to offer.

"You know, with the education and the influence of the Church, having an offer from BYU would mean a lot to me," Fanaika said. "Like I said, BYU is a one of a kind school for LDS kids where there is an expression of education and religion before sports. With BYU, you're kind of forced to see the bigger picture and that life isn't just about playing college football or going to the NFL.

"It's a place where finding out the purpose of life and what you're supposed to be doing in life is more about. Having the spiritual and Church influence around you all the time means a lot to me. Getting an offer from BYU is pretty big."

Fanaika has already taken an unofficial visit to Stanford, and has received six other offers. One advantage BYU has over the rest of the schools recruiting Fanaika is how close to home it is for him.

"Growing up, my parents always made sure that the Church was a big part of my life, and now that I've gotten a little older they expect me to make the right choices on my own," Fanaika said. "The want me to accept the Church on my own, and having BYU so close to home where they can come and watch all my games would be great."

Another advantage BYU gives Fanaika is the positive influences that will surround him during his first year of college while he prepares to serve a mission.

"Having the gospel influence around me, with it already being a big part of my life, my parents really like BYU a lot," he said. "They're really excited about the possibilities and are hoping just like me. I'm only 17 right now and won't turn 19 until after my first year of college, so I will go to college for a year before serving a mission."

Fanaika will inform Total Blue Sports of how things go with BYU following Junior Day activities.


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